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BOISE -- The attorney representing an Idaho man convicted of raiding pension funds in a bid to buy Tamarack Resort is asking a federal judge for permission to withdraw from the case.

The request by federal public defender Samuel Richard Rubin comes four weeks before Matthew Hutcheson is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

A jury convicted Hutcheson in April of 17 counts of wire for raiding pension funds to enrich himself and acquire the financially troubled resort near Donnelly.

In a motion filed Monday, Rubin cited conflicts with Hutcheson about strategy heading into the July 31 sentencing. Rubin said the differences have grown so much that Hutcheson has severed communication and even asked Rubin to withdraw from the case.

Hutcheson faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.

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